By Donna Cope
Detecting vision problems – as early as infancy – is very important, UAB Dr. Tamara Oechslin said.
That was the goal on April 10, as Oechslin, Dr. Becky Luu, and UAB fourth-year optometry clinicians checked the eyesight, eye alignment, refractive error and ocular health of six babies, at no charge to the babies’ families. The exams were part of InfantSEE, a public health program in optometry designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an essential part of infant wellness to improve a child’s quality of life.
The comprehensive, dilated vision exams were performed by Oechslin, pediatric resident Luu and three optometry interns at UAB Eye Care’s Pediatric Optometry Service in Birmingham.“Our No. 1 diagnosis was extreme cuteness,” said Oechslin, with a smile, “but the mission of this program is very important. We want the community to know the importance of early eye care.” One baby seen was referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for further examination, and two others will be returning for follow-up care.
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